ERIC TODD REID, JR.

Free Safety

Louisiana State University Tigers

#1

6:01.4-213

Geismar, Louisiana

Dutchtown High School

 

OVERVIEW

Reid was no stranger on campus when he arrived at Louisiana State to begin classes during the fall semester of 2010. He had visited the university often, as his father, Eric, Sr., was a three-time All-American hurdler for LSU from 1984-87 and is a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. His father was the NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles as a senior in 1987 and he holds the school record for the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.50 seconds. Eric Sr. still works on the LSU campus, so his son got to know the facilities and team’s coaches quite well growing up.

 

That quickness is also some of the physical attributes that Reid, the football player, possesses. Ever since becoming a starter in 2011, scouts have regarded him as one of the best safeties, if not one of the best players in the nation, eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. He boats similar All-American honors to that of his father, earning that prestigious ranking in each of his final two seasons with the Tigers.

 

Of all of the record-breaking ten underclassmen to leave Louisiana State this year, hoping to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, none will be as sorely missed as Reid, the glue to a secondary unit that ranked with the elite in college football. During the course of his three seasons at the school, he has seen teammates like Patrick Peterson become the fifth selection in the opening round by Arizona in 2011, followed by Morris Claiborne joining Dallas with the sixth choice of round one in 2012.

 

Even back-up cornerback Ron Brooks proved to be a steal for the Buffalo Bills, as they unearthed a starter in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. Now, Reid hopes to become the second LSU safety to ever be selected in the first round of the draft, joining LaRon Landry, who was taken in the opening round of the 2007 draft by Washington. While the school has produced 35 first round picks, only four have been defensive backs (the other was cornerback Mike Williams, who was selected by San Diego in 1975).

 

With receivers and tight ends in the National Football League becoming bigger and faster, teams are looking for big, physical, quick and intelligent safeties to protect the deep third of the field. In Reid, teams see a solid wrap-up tackler who boasts making 167 tackles during his last two years.

 

Standing 6:01.4 and weighing 213 pounds, Reid has more that enough size to play free safety at the next level. With a recent 4.53-second clocking in the 40-yard dash, the safety possesses the speed teams need to stay tight with the receivers on deep patterns. In addition to being an All-American on the football fields the last two seasons, Reid is also highly instinctive and intelligent, receiving Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll recognition as a sophomore and junior.

 

Even while playing football at Dutchtown High School, Reid was widely considered to be one of the top safety prospects in the country. He was a member of the Rivals.com Top 100 team and rated as the top defensive player in the state of Louisiana. The four-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout.com was ranked in the ESPNU Top 150 and rated the fourth-best safety in the country by Scout.com.

 

Reid received Super Prep All-American honors and was a member of the Super Prep Elite 50 team. He was named to the Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team and earned one of the starting safety spots for the West Roster in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. There, he impressed bowl coaches with his leadership and ability to play the run.

 

Reid was also named to the Times-Picayune Blue-Chip List, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and the Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120 squad. Additionally, he was a Louisiana Class 5A All-State selection as a senior after registering 45 tackles and three interceptions. The previous season, he recorded 78 tackles, nine sacks, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a junior.

 

Brought along slowly as a true freshman, Reid’s performances in limited action forced the coaches to relent and put him into the starting lineup for the final three games on the 2010 schedule. He would never come out of the lineup as long as he was a Tiger. He finished his first season producing 32 tackles and recording a pair of 30-plus-yard returns with his interceptions.

 

Firmly entrenched as the starter in 2011, the All-American and All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection started thirteen games, missing the Arkansas contest due to a leg contusion, but he still went on to tie for the team lead with 76 tackles, as he caused five turnovers for the year, including two forced fumbles and a pair of pass thefts.

 

Reid was again named All-American and All-SEC first-team in 2012, adding league academic honors to his resume. Named the permanent team captain by the players, he guided a unit that ranked eighth in the nation in total defense (307.62 ypg). He ranked third on the squad with a career-best 91 tackles, breaking up seven passes while picking off two others.

 

Shortly after LSU’s loss to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Reid announced that he was leaving school and entering the NFL Draft pool. He had just graduated in a little over three semesters, earning a degree in Business Administration and felt it was time to join the professional ranks.

 

”It was always my dream to go to LSU and play football,” said Reid, whose father was an LSU track star. ”This was a very difficult decision because I always wanted to be a Tiger and I love LSU. But, after careful consideration and talking with my family, I feel like this is the right time to make this decision.”

 

In Reid, some lucky NFL team will add a tall, rangy athlete with long arms and a frame that may eventually carry 230 pounds. He has greatly improved his overall quickness since arriving on campus as a freshman, but is more field fast than the time generated on a stopwatch. He possesses excellent ball skills and does a very good job reading run or pass.

 

Reid is a high-effort player that is very coachable and very smart. Early in his NFL career, he should have an impact on special teams. He possesses the versatility to either become a strong or free safety in the NFL. There is also an outside chance he could grow into a Cover-2 outside linebacker, as some compare him to Carolina’s Thomas Davis. His cerebral approach to the game may give him an edge when battling for playing time early in his career at the NFL level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAREER NOTES

Reid started the final 29 contests of his 39-game career at Louisiana State, as the two-time All-American recorded 199 tackles (109 solos) that included 4.5 stops for losses of 13 yards…Recovered two fumbles and caused two others…Gained 104 yards via six interception returns and deflected eleven passes.

 

2012 SEASON

Reid was a first-team All-American selection by The NFL Draft Report, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association, ESPN and Scout.com, adding second-team honors from the Associated Press, Walter Camp, Athlon Sports, CBSsports.com and Sports Illustrated…Received All-Southeastern Conference first-team accolades from the league’s coaches, Associated Press, CBSsports.com and ESPN.com…Became a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Voted permanent team captain by the players, Reid started thirteen contests at free safety, ranking third on the team with a career-high 91 tackles (42 solos), making one stop behind the line of scrimmage…Deflected seven passes and gained 29 yards on a pair of interceptions…Also recovered one fumble…Had ten tackles and recovered a fumble in final collegiate game vs. Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl…Had two other double-figure tackle games with eleven stops and a pass break-up in a 24-19 decision over Texas A&M and posted ten tackles (6 solos) vs. Ole Miss…Had a season-high two pass break-ups to go along with five tackles vs. Arkansas and a team-high nine tackles in a 37-17 win over Mississippi State…His interceptions came in the season-opener vs. North Texas (seven tackles and a deflection) and vs. South Carolina (seven hits), as he returned the pass theft 29 yards vs. the Gamecocks…Was a key member of an LSU defense that ranked among the nation’s best in points allowed (12th at 17.54 ppg), total yards (eighth at 307.62 ypg) and rushing yards.

 

2011 SEASON

Reid was named All-American first-team by The NFL Draft Report and second-team by Rivals.com in his first season as a full-time starter…Added second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press…Selected FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Rivals.com National Defensive Player of the Week and SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Alabama…Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll…In thirteen starting assignments (missed the Arkansas clash with a leg contusion), Reid tied for the team lead with 76 tackles (53 solos) that included two stops for losses of ten yards…Deflected three passes and intercepted two others…Caused two fumbles and advanced a fumble recovery three yards…Reid’s interception vs. Alabama came at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, preserving the 6-6 tie that eventually led to LSU’s overtime victory. The play was characterized by ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit as the top defensive play of the 2011 regular season and Reid was recognized as the conference’s and Bronko Nagurski Trophy’s Defensive Player of the Week for his effort vs. the Tide. He also had six tackles, one for loss, a forced fumble and the interception…Made a season-best and team-leading eleven tackles when the Tigers again met Alabama in the BCS Champion-ship Game. It was the first double-digit tackle game of his career with nine of those being of the solo variety…Returned from his leg injury in the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia and led the team in tackles with seven, including five solo stops…Left the game early at Ole Miss after suffering a quadriceps injury…Notched eight tackles vs. Western Kentucky… Posted seven solo tackles vs. Auburn and added his first career forced fumble…Earned his third career interception and first of the season at Tennessee and finished with four tackles…Recorded four tackles and his first career fumble recovery in the opener vs. Oregon. His fumble recovery in the third quarter vs. the Ducks set up a short touchdown drive that gave LSU a double-digit lead.

 

2010 SEASON

Reid played in thirteen games with starts in the final three contests of the regular season vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Ole Miss and Arkansas…Ended the season with 32 tackles (14 solos), two interceptions, 1.5 stops-for-loss and one pass deflection…Finished the season in outstanding fashion as the Tigers’ fourth-leading tackler in the Cotton Bowl vs. Texas A&M with five stops, as he also tallied an interception and returned it 34 yards vs. the Aggies…Recorded the first interception of his career at Arkansas…Made his first career start at strong safety vs. UL-Monroe and registered five tackles and one pass break-up… Stepped in for an injured Brandon Taylor to earn a season-high six tackles and one tackle for loss in 24-21 win over Alabama.

 

INJURY REPORT

2011 Season…Left the Mississippi game with a quadriceps injury, missing the following contest vs. Arkansas.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.53 in the 40-yard dash…1.53 10-yard dash…2.55 20-yard dash…4.22 20-yard shuttle…

6.99 three-cone drill…40 ½-inch vertical jump…11’2” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times…33 ½-inch arm length…10-inch hands…77-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Reid attended Dutchtown (Geismar, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Benny Saia…Was widely considered to be one of the top safety prospects in the country… Member of the Rivals.com Top 100 team and rated as the top defensive player in the state of Louisiana…The four-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout.com was ranked in the ESPNU Top 150 and rated the fourth-best safety in the country by Scout.com…Received Super Prep All-American honors and was a member of the Super Prep Elite 50 team…

Named to the Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team and earned one of the starting safety spots for the West Roster in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. There, he impressed bowl coaches with his leadership and ability to play the run…Named to the Times-Picayune Blue-Chip List, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and the Mobile Press Register Super Southeast 120 squad…Was a Louisiana Class 5A All-State selection as a senior after registering 45 tackles and three interceptions…The previous season, he recorded 78 tackles, nine sacks, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a junior.

 

PERSONAL

Graduated in December, 2012 with a degree in Business Administration…Son of Sharon and Eric Reid, Sr…Father was a three-time All-American hurdler for LSU from 1984-87 and is a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles as a senior in 1987 and holds the school record for the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.50 seconds…Born Eric Todd Reid on 12/10/91 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana… Resides in Geismar, Louisiana.

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK BK
2010 13 03 032 018 014  00  00  02  1.5-02   01  0.0-00  00
2011 13 13 076 053 023  01  02  02  2.0-10   03  0.0-00  00
2012 13 13 091 042 049  01  00  02  1.0-01   07  0.0-00  00
TOTAL 39 26 199 109 090  02  02  06  4.5-13   11  0.0-00  00

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS ADVANCED FUMBLE RECOVERIES
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2010  02        65 32.50  00    34  00        00 00.00  00    00
2011  02        10 05.00  00    10  01        03 03.00  00    03
2012  02        29 14.50  00    29  00        00 00.00  00    00
TOTAL  06      104 17.33  00    34  01        03 03.00  00    03

 

 

 

REID GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

North Texas 09/01/12 North Texas 41-14

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

1

0

Washington 09/08/12 Washington 41-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

Idaho 09/15/12 Idaho 63-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

Auburn 09/22/12 at Auburn 12-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

4

0

1

1

0

0

Towson 09/29/12 Towson 38-22

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/06/12 at Florida 6-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 10/13/12 South Carolina 23-21

Yes

1

29

0

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 10/20/12 at Texas A&M 24-19

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

3

0

0

0

1

0

Alabama 11/03/12 Alabama 17-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 11/10/12 Mississippi St. 37-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

6

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 11/17/12 Ole Miss 41-35

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

6

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/23/12 at Arkansas 20-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

0

0

0

2

0

Clemson 12/31/12 Clemson 24-25

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

5

0

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

2

29

0

0

0

0

49

42

0

1

1

7

0

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Oregon 09/03/11 Oregon 40-27

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

Northwestern St. 09/10/11 Northwestern St. 49-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

1

4

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/15/11 at Mississippi St. 19-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

1

0

West Virginia 09/24/11 at West Virginia 47-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

1

0

Kentucky 10/01/11 Kentucky 35-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/08/11 Florida 41-11

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/15/11 at Tennessee 38-7

Yes

1

10

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/22/11 Auburn 45-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

0

0

0

1

Alabama 11/05/11 at Alabama 9-6

Yes

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

0

1

6

0

1

Western Ky. 11/12/11 Western Ky. 42-9

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

Ole Miss 11/19/11 at Ole Miss 52-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/25/11 Arkansas 41-17

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 12/03/11 Georgia 42-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 01/09/12 Alabama 0-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

9

0

0

0

1

0

Season Totals

2

10

0

1

3

0

23

53

0

2

10

3

2

 

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Fum. Ret.

Tackles

PBU

FC

No

Yds

TD

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

North Carolina 09/04/10 North Carolina 30-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 09/11/10 at Vanderbilt 27-3

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 09/18/10 Mississippi St. 29-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

West Virginia 09/25/10 West Virginia 20-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 10/02/10 Tennessee 16-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Florida 10/09/10 at Florida 33-29

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

McNeese St. 10/16/10 McNeese St. 32-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

Auburn 10/23/10 at Auburn 17-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 11/06/10 Alabama 24-21

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

1

0

1

2

0

0

La.-Monroe 11/13/10 La.-Monroe 51-0

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

1

0

Mississippi 11/20/10 Mississippi 43-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 11/27/10 at Arkansas 23-31

Yes

1

31

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 01/07/11 Texas A&M 41-24

Yes

1

34

0

0

0

0

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

2

65

0

0

0

0

18

14

1

1

2

1

0

 

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